Festival of the Great North Wood at The Lawns (Spa Wood)

Jay with acorn by Phil WinterJay with acorn by Phil Winter

Event details

Sat, 07/09/2019 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Join London Wildlife Trust at The Lawns (Spa Wood) for our Great North Wood Woodland Festival!

The Festival of the Great North Wood will be a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history...

Please come and join us on Saturday 7th September, 11am-4pm, for the Festival of the Great North Wood at The Lawns (Spa Wood), Croydon. 

The Great North Wood was once a patchwork of wild woods and common ground that covered the low hills between Deptford and Croydon. The woods have largely been swallowed up by the growth of south London, but the Great North Wood lives on in local names (such as Norwood and Honor Oak) and in surviving sections of woodland, which still stand as havens for wildlife and nature.

The Festival of the Great North Wood will be a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history. Visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy a series of guided walks throughout the day, led by London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers.

For families there will be storytelling, a woodland treasure trail and the opportunity to learn about wildlife in the woods through pond dipping and bug hunting. There will also be folk and acoustic music, refreshments and a tombola for all to enjoy. Toilets will also be available.

Graphic artist and local resident Tim Bird will also be on hand to discuss his new comic novel The Great North Wood, an innovative retelling of the story of this largely forgotten landscape.

The Great North Wood was very much a working woodland, supporting and supplying local industries such as shipbuilding, tanning and charcoal burning. Woodcraft still survives today, albeit on a much smaller scale, and there will be demonstrations of woodturning and carving for all to learn about these traditional skills.

The Lawns (Spa Wood) is located on Spa Hill (SE19 3TW) 

A programme of activities will be posted here closer to the event. 


Heritage Lottery Fund

Veolia

Mayor of London

The Dulwich Estate

The Dulwich Society

Venue location

The Lawns (Spa Wood),
Croydon,
Greater London,
SE19 3TW

Event information

Date
Saturday 7th September 2019
Time
11:00am - 4:00pm
Price / Donation
Free
Audience
Families
Children
Suitable for All Ages
Joining Instructions

Entrance to site from Spa Hill

Category
Outdoor activity
Trust
London Wildlife Trust
Venue location
The Lawns (Spa Wood),
Croydon,
Greater London,
SE19 3TW
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Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance
Mobility
People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance
Dogs
yes on lead
Contact details
greatnorthwood@wildlondon.org.uk
Great North Wood project team